Arts & Entertainment

INKHAY to Perform Andean Music Concert at MONDO Aug. 8

August 2, 2014 at 2:43 PM

SUMMIT , NJ - The rich musical traditions of the South American Andes region will be featured August 8 at 7:30 p.m., as acclaimed Andean music artist Pepe Santana and his special guest music artists will perform as part of MONDO's bi-monthly concert series.

Santana and his fellow musicians form the INKHAY quartet.  Inkhay is a Quechua verb that means "to tend the fire."  The members of the group have chosen this name to symbolize their commitment to keep alive, expose, and spread the beautiful music of the Andes mountains of Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador.

The musicians play more than two dozen musical instruments.  Among the wind instruments, they play a variety of pan-pipes known to the natives as "sikus," "antaras," or "zampoñas".  They also play end-notched vertical flutes called kenas, transverse flutes, whistles and ocarinas, as well as an array of percussion instruments.  All these instruments have their roots in pre-Hispanic civilization.

INKHAY's music primarily represents elements of South American indigenous culture when they perform wind and percussion music.  They also include European musical elements when they play stringed instruments like the guitar, mandolin, and the well known "charango," which is a guitar-like instrument fashioned from an armadillo shell.  
Over the past three centuries, harp music, together with other stringed instruments, has become an integral part of the "mestizo" traditional music of the Andes.  The task of group INKHAY is to interpret the different styles of playing Andean music maintaining the styles of the native communities.

INKHAY originated in New York City in 1984.  Their performances at music festivals, museums, schools, and concert halls have created a new source of reference for folk music lovers.

The members of INKHAY, under the direction of Pepe Santana -- a native of Ecuador -- include César Vele, Iván Vele, and Rothman Terán, all from Ecuador.  In the past, each member has been involved with various folk groups, both in the United States, and in South America.

Tickets are priced at $25 for adults and $15 for children, and can be purchased online at, by entering 2nd Friday @ Mondo in the event search, or by calling the Teatro Si box office at 908 / 301-9496.
Tickets can also be purchased in person at MONDO, which is located at 426 Springfield Avenue.  Event proceeds benefit programming efforts at Teatro Si, a 501(c)3 not for profit organization.


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